Australia Officially Recognizes the Church of FSM

Published May 22nd, 2017 by Bobby Henderson


Big news

The government of Australia, after years of court proceedings, has decided that Pastafarians will be allowed to wear religious headgear in ID photos.


Here’s the backstory

A few years ago, a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Australia (CFSMA), was allowed to wear his headgear (colander) when photographed for his license, but later forced to surrender the license for a replacement, without headgear.

Preshalin obtained his NSW driver’s license last year, and, at the time, was permitted to wear his religious headwear for his photograph. He has now been informed that he must surrender his present license and have a new photograph taken without his religious headwear, as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is not a ‘recognised religion’.

The CFSMA has been fighting in court ever since, and today they were informed that a decision had been made to allow Pastafarians equal religious protection. Victory!

From Captain Tanya Watkin’s media release:

On behalf of the CFSMA I am delighted to announce that the Hon. Melinda Pavey, NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, has confirmed that the present policy enforced by RMS regarding religious head coverings in driver’s licenses (that specifically named Pastafarians as being subject to discrimination by not allowing our chosen head covering to be worn) will be changed. The new policy will reflect the fact that NSW Government Departments will show respect and consideration towards all people who wear a head covering. When the new policy is implemented, people will no longer have their stated religion checked against a list of ‘recognised’ religions.

Congratulations to the CFSMA

The Church of FSM Australia continues to blow me away. Tanya Watkins, Captain of CFSMA, especially, deserves a round of applause — she took it on herself to lead the fight, and after more than two years, won a victory for Pastafarians everywhere.

Sincere thanks, and congratulations, to Tanya and everyone from the CFSMA.

25 Responses to “Australia Officially Recognizes the Church of FSM”

  1. wolfie says:

    I am spreading this gospel amongst my flock In the marina I live in, I am hopeful I will have the support of all others that have seen the light elseware, and I shall become a minister soon

    • Thea says:

      don’t you mean marinara ; )

      • Captain Birdseye says:

        …. and also don’t you mean, Ministeroni.

  2. Randy says:

    Just in time for Ramendan!

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      Would that be a month-long noodle-fest?

  3. wolfie says:

    ooh! Ramendan, I shall alert my kraken and dust off my colander, I will need a good blessing to give my parish, I want full noodle jacket and the boiling of sins to occur

  4. wolfie says:

    as a linguiniest, I never strain the noodle dust off my colander
    and I wear sacks of pesto I throw at people in my blessings

    • Captain Birdseye says:

      You seem a cunning linguiniest, Wolfie.

      • wolfie says:

        I take that as a compliment and id rather not thank you for it, although I do

  5. Reverend Jeff says:

    Unfortunately the Victorian Government is back peddling on it’s acceptance of the colander as legitimate religious headwear, but an enterprising young Aussie has come forward with a solution; an ‘official’ holey colander. Check it out here: https://www.igmcsporran.com/

    I’m certainly going to buy one.

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